Second-half targets from Luis Diaz and Juan Cuadrado took Colombia to a 2-0 pleasant win over Germany on Tuesday, deepening house coach Hansi Flick’s woes a yr out from Euro 2024. Liverpool ahead Diaz leapt excessive to go in a looping Cuadrado cross earlier than the Juventus wing-back scored a late penalty after Germany captain Joshua Kimmich handballed within the field a minute after coming off the bench. It was Colombia’s first win over Germany and means the four-time world champions have received simply certainly one of 5 video games since their disastrous group-stage exit on the Qatar World Cup in December.
Germany, who qualify for subsequent yr’s Euro as hosts, lacked fluidity in Gelsenkirchen, ramping up the strain on under-fire boss Flick, with the aspect not enjoying once more till September.
“I am very dissatisfied for the followers,” stated Flick. “We wished to strive one thing however it went stomach up.”
Flick was bullish on his aspect’s long-term probabilities, saying his aspect would “present a special willingness, a distinction efficiency” within the subsequent spherical of friendlies.
“From September, we’ll settle in after which the outcomes will come.”
With remoted boos and whistles ringing out throughout his home-town stadium in Gelsenkirchen, native boy turned captain Ilkay Gundogan stated he may “perceive” the gang’s response.
“We all know it was not good and we all know what must get higher.”
Requested if he was apprehensive by the staff’s newest show, midfielder Leon Goretzka stated: “I do not know if that is the suitable phrase.”
“It is dramatic, you need to say that clearly… We’re lacking issues throughout all ranges. All in all it was far too little.”
After making 9 adjustments for the 1-0 loss to Poland in Warsaw on Friday, Flick once more switched issues up with 5 alterations within the beginning XI.
The coach handed the armband to Gundogan after the treble-winning Manchester Metropolis captain’s latest successes, with Kimmich ranging from the bench.
However Germany once more regarded disjointed and had been fortunate to keep away from conceding a penalty halfway by way of the primary half when the house aspect had been caught out by a lightning-fast Colombia counter.
Centre-back Malick Thiaw, in simply his second match for Germany, appeared to have introduced down Diaz within the field however the referee dominated the AC Milan defender received a toe to the ball.
Diaz received on the scoresheet nonetheless within the second half, heading in Cuadrado’s ball after Emre Can was dispossessed in his personal half.
Flick introduced Kimmich on for Gundogan with 10 minutes remaining and the Bayern Munich midfielder gave away a penalty moments afterwards.
Cuadrado stepped as much as the spot to ship Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen the unsuitable method.
Whereas Flick has repeatedly defended his aspect’s outcomes on the idea of a want to experiment earlier than Euro 2024, his place could now be known as into query.
Germany play two house friendlies towards Japan and World Cup runners-up France in September.
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